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4:00 PM ET, April 15, 2014

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Robert Pear / New York Times:
Census Survey Revisions Mask Health Law Effects  —  WASHINGTON — The Census Bureau, the authoritative source of health insurance data for more than three decades, is changing its annual survey so thoroughly that it will be difficult to measure the effects of President Obama's health care law …
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Sarah Kliff / Vox:
Don't freak out about the changes to the Census yet  —  The Census is overhauling the way it measures who has health insurance coverage.  The new measures show more people with coverage than the old measures.  The move, reported Tuesday by the New York Times, led to quick outcry …
Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
Rand Paul for President  —  Because what the GOP needs is a humbling landslide defeat.  —  Republicans, let's get it over with.  Fast forward to the finish line.  Avoid the long and winding primary road.  It can only weaken the nominee.  And we know who he—yes, he—has to be.
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Rich Lowry / National Review:
Rand Paul's Foreign Policy: For the Situation Room or the Dorm Room?
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Is Paul Appealing-Or Appalling?
Discussion: Instapundit
Kyiv Post:
Ukrainian troops in control of Donetsk Oblast's Kramatorsk airfield, surround Sloviansk; Ukrainian deputy prime minister says several hundred Russian troops in Ukraine (LIVE UPDATES)  —  Editor's Note: Ukraine's interim President Oleksandr Turchynov said he has today launched an anti-terrorist operation …
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Fox News:
Moscow officials blast UN report claiming ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine falsely claimed assault
Discussion: Infowars and The Gateway Pundit
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Why You Should Be Sympathetic Toward Cliven Bundy  —  On Saturday, I wrote about the standoff at Bundy Ranch.  That post drew a remarkable amount of traffic, even though, as I wrote then, I had not quite decided what to make of the story.  Since then, I have continued to study the facts and have drawn some conclusions.
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Sen. Reid on Cattle Battle: “It's not over”
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
WATCH: Congressman Tells Black Constituent He's Not Sure The Civil Rights Act Is Constitutional  —  Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) addresses a town hall meeting in Gainesville, Florida.  —  CREDIT: Scott Keyes  —  GAINESVILLE, Florida — Last week, former presidents and dignitaries celebrated …
ThinkProgress:
Prominent Republican: Women Need To Be Paid Less So They Can Find Husbands  —  On Sunday, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) sought to advance the GOP's rebranding effort among female voters by suggesting that Republicans have long “led the fight for women's equality.”
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Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Schlafly: Increase The Pay Gap So Women Will Have Better Opportunities To Find A Husband
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Ben Carson: White House wanted apology for ‘offending’ Obama  —  Neurosurgeon Ben Carson says the White House wanted him to apologize for “offending” President Obama after he famously delivered a conservative message at the National Prayer Breakfast last year.
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama chops 3 1/2 years off pot sentence  —  President Barack Obama has issued a commutation to a drug convict, shortening his sentence by three-and-a-half years in what the White House said was an effort to correct a sentencing error.  —  Ceasar Cantu of Katy, Texas pled guilty in 2006 …
Discussion: CNN
Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
As Taxes Rise, Half in U.S. Say Middle-Income Pay Too Much  —  A near-record high of 23% say lower-income Americans pay too little  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nearly half of Americans, 49%, believe middle-income people — a group many Americans consider themselves part of — pay too much in taxes …
Discussion: CNN, Washington Post and PoliticusUSA
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Ryan J. Reilly / The Huffington Post:
Eric Holder ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ About Marijuana Legalization In Washington And Colorado  —  CHARLESTON, S.C. — Attorney General Eric Holder is “cautiously optimistic” about how things are going in Washington state and Colorado following the legalization and state regulation of marijuana.
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Landrieu Reenacts Committee Hearing for Campaign Ad  —  Democratic senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana is in a tough reelection battle because of her support for Obamacare.  So its not surprising her latest TV ad focuses on the one high-profile fight she's had with the Obama administration, over oil and gas exploration.
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
As MLB honors Jackie Robinson, can it reverse a trend?  —  Just when we want to believe that times are changing, and prejudice is waning, along comes a ferocious reminder like a Manny Pacquiao punch to the jaw.  —  Sheer racism, exposed in vile letters directed to Hall of Fame great Hank Aaron …
ThinkProgress:
Governor Bans Minimum Wage Increases And Paid Sick Leave Laws  —  At a time when many states and cities are working passing minimum wage increases, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) has gone in the opposite direction and signed a law banning cities from passing higher wages.
Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
RNC Sues IRS Over Information Stonewalling on Targeting Scandal  —  The Republican National Committee has submitted a lawsuit against the IRS for failing to comply with Freedom Information Requests related to the targeting of conservative groups.  The original FOIA request was made on May 21 …
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Sebelius steps down, and ObamaCare supporters pretend to rejoice.  —  Six months ago, in the midst of what the New York Times then termed ObamaCare's “troubled rollout,” Kathleen Sebelius defied calls for her to resign as secretary of health and human services.
Elianayjohnson / National Review:
Bolton PACs Raise Big Money  —  John Bolton's political-action committees are pulling in big bucks.  Together, the former United Nations ambassador's groups, a PAC and a super PAC that will back candidates who share Bolton's belief in a muscular foreign policy, raised nearly $2 million since their launch in November, sources say.
Marc Fisher / Washington Post:
Social Security stops trying to collect on old debts by seizing tax refunds  —  The Social Security Administration announced Monday that it will immediately cease efforts to collect on taxpayers' debts to the government that are more than 10 years old.  —  The action comes after The Washington …
Beth Reinhard / Wall Street Journal:
Mitt Romney Stars in Ad in Heated Idaho Primary  —  Mitt Romney is making his first foray into the 2014 campaign airwaves, appearing in a new U.S. Chamber of Commerce television spot touting Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson in an increasingly heated Republican primary.
Derek Wallbank / Bloomberg:
U.S. Deficit Cut by Almost One-Third to $492 Billion: CBO  —  The U.S. government's deficit will fall to $492 billion this year, according to the Congressional Budget Office, a steeper drop than originally predicted from $680 billion in fiscal year 2013.  —  The 2014 deficit will be 2.8 percent …
Kate Kaye / AdAge:
Why Obama's Data Could Be Too Much for Many Dem Candidates  —  Small Number of Practitioners Know How to Put Information to Use  —  Data overload.  Credit: Patrik Svensson for Ad Age  —  If political races have become data wars, conventional wisdom has it, the Democrats clearly have the advantage in 2014 and 2016.
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Oligarchy, not democracy: Americans have ‘near-zero’ input on policy - report
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David Greenberg / The New Republic:
I'm OK With Calling LBJ a “Liberal Hero” (and No, I'm Not Ignoring Vietnam)
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Republicans lead in Texas
Michael McDonald / Bloomberg:
Small U.S. Colleges Battle Death Spiral as Enrollment Drops
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Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
Hawaii governor apologizes for questioning Inouye death-bed drama
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Geoffrey R. Stone / The Daily Beast:
Democracy Demands a Journalist-Source Shield Law
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Wbastone / The Smoking Gun:
Texan, 23, Headed To State Prison For Urinating On The Alamo
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Curtis Krueger / Tampa Bay Times:
Alex Sink will not challenge David Jolly for congressional seat in November
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Looking at Some Corporate Tax Loopholes Ordinary Citizens May Envy
Discussion: Daily Kos and Liberaland
The Atlantic Online:
JUMP TO COMMENTS  —  CONOR FRIEDERSDORF is a staff writer …
Doug Glanville / Reuters:
I Was Racially Profiled in My Own Driveway
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Gordon G. Chang / Forbes:
China Property Collapse Has Begun
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